Junior Market rebounds on Wednesday

Stocks rebounded sharply in trading on Wednesday, wiping out 72 percent of Tuesday’s big loss in the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market index putting it in close touch of the 2,900 points level again.
Trading ended with 38 securities changing hands down from 40 on Tuesday with the prices of 15 stocks rising, 15 declining and eight closing unchanged.
The Junior Market Index jumped 34.13 points to 2,887.33. The average PE Ratio ended at 16.4 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Investors exchanged 37 percent fewer shares at 45 percent less value than on Tuesday, resulting from trading of 5,551,072 shares for $15,784,558, down from 8,845,580 units at $27,670,299 on Tuesday.
Jamaican Teas led trading with 20.7 percent of total volume of 1.15 million shares, followed by Derrimon Trading with 20.2 percent, with a transfer of 1.12 million units and Mailpac Group with 14.1 of the day’s trade for 782,591 units.
Trading averaged 146,081 units at $415,383 in contrast to 221,140 at $691,757 on Tuesday. The month to date averaged 203,082 units at $581,565, down from 231,583 units at $664,656 on Tuesday. February closed with an average of 365,365 units at $881,118.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows four stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and none with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial dropped $2.10 to $20.90, trading 2,830 shares, Caribbean Assurance Brokers fell 8 cents to $1.77 with 76,811 stocks changing hands, Caribbean Flavoursclimbed 40 cents to $2.50 trading 601,102 units. Caribbean Producers slipped 5 cents to $2.98 with 47,814 shares passing through the market, Everything Fresh declined by 16 cents to close at 84 cents with a transfer of 30,224 stocks, Express Catering jumped 55 cents to $3.62 with an exchange of 750 stock units. Fosrich advanced 33 cents to $4.93 with 16,765 shares changing hands, GWest Corporation fell 10 cents to 81 cents with 37,500 units traded,  iCreate dropped 15 cents to 65 cents with 219,224 stocks passing through the market. Iron Rock Insurance shed 20 cents to $3.60 trading 60 stock units, Jamaican Teas rose 5 cents to $3.14 with an exchange of 1,146,572 shares, Jetcon Corporation gained 6 cents to 79 cents with 6,935 units changing hands. Knutsford Express fell 10 cents to $6.60 with 299 stocks traded, Lasco Distributors increased by 10 cents to $3.70 with 22,964 stock units passing through the market, Lasco Financial rose 11 cents to $2.65 trading 10,120 shares.

Lasco Manufacturing advanced 34 cents to $4.60 with an exchange of 13,486 units, Lumber Depot rose 5 cents to $2.70 with 647,253 stocks changing hands, Mailpac Group increased by 14 cents to end at $3.49 with 782,591 stock units traded. Main Event climbed 32 cents to $3.47 with 900 shares passing through the market, Paramount Trading dropped 18 cents to $1.32 with a transfer of 449 stocks, SSL Venture slipped 6 cents to 58 cents with an exchange of 128,962 units and tTech rose 10 cents to $4.40 trading 90,000 units.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Plunging Junior Market

Stocks plunged sharply at the close of trading on Tuesday, with the Market Index plunging 47.41 points to 2,853.20 as 20 stocks lost value on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange as volume and value of trading relatively close to Monday’s levels.
Trading ended with 40 securities compared to 36 on Monday and closed with the prices of 14 stocks rising, 20 declining and six ending unchanged. The average PE Ratio ended at 16.3 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Investors exchanged 8,845,580 shares for $27,670,299 compared to 8,754,737 units at $22,843,556 on Monday. Fosrich led trading with 35.2 percent of total volume, after an exchange of 3.12 million shares, followed by Mailpac Group with 11.9 percent for 1.05 million units and SSL Venture with 11.3 percent market share for 999,222 units.
Trading averaged 221,140 units at $691,757 in contrast to 243,187 at $634,543 on Monday. Trading month to date averages 231,583 units at $664,656. Trading in February closed with an average of 365,365 units at $881,118.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows six stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial shed 15 cents to close at $23 with 446 shares changing hands, Cargo Handlers dropped $1.51 to $7.20 after trading 32,684 stock units. Caribbean Cream fell 14 cents to $4.65 after exchanging 69,212 stocks, Caribbean Flavours rose 20 cents to $2.10, in transferring 641,175 shares, Caribbean Producers picked up 8 cents at $3.03, in switching ownership of 37,966 stocks. Dolphin Cove advanced $1 to $9, after an exchange of 600 units, Everything Fresh shed 21 cents to close at $1 in exchanging 244,987 stocks, after the company reported poor 2020 results with a big loss, Express Catering fell 55 cents to close at $3.07 trading 35,200 stock units, Fontana declined 7 cents to $5.89, with 70,801 units changing hands. Fosrich lost 5 cents to close at $4.60, in trading 3,117,229 shares, General Accident gained 5 cents to close at $5.55 in exchanging 14,000 units, GWest Corporation ended 9 cents higher at 91 cents, with the swapping of 2,437 units. iCreate lost 10 cents in closing at 80 cents after trading 644,148 stock units, Iron Rock Insurance rose 20 cents to end at $3.80 with 41 shares crossing the exchange. Knutsford Express fell 10 cents to $6.70 in transferring 34,497 stocks, Lasco Manufacturing lost 7 cents to close at $4.26 with 95,408 shares crossing the exchange, Limners and Bards dipped 14 cents to $2.65 in trading 47,543 units, Lumber Depot picked up 8 cents to end at $2.65, with the swapping of 582,767 shares. Mailpac Group shed 21 cents to end at $3.35, exchanging 1,054,580 stock units, Main Event gained 10 cents to end at $3.15, with 2,990 stocks changing hands, Medical Disposables fell 20 cents to $4.30 in transferring 174 units. SSL Venture lost 6 cents to close at 64 cents, after an exchange of 999,222 stock units, Stationery and Office Supplies rose 53 cents to $4.53 trading 320 stocks and tTech lost 5 cents in closing at $4.30, in switching ownership of 72,465 stocks.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Slippage in Junior Market

Declining stocks just edged out those advancing at the close of trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed on Monday, with the market declining after an exchange of 67 percent fewer shares, with a 50 percent less value than Friday.
Trading ended with 36 securities changing hands compared to 37 on Friday and closed with the prices of 13 rising, 14 declining and two ending unchanged.
The Junior Market Index dropped 19.74 points to 2,900.61. The average PE Ratio ended at 16.4 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Investors exchanged 8,754,737 shares for $22,843,556, well off the 26,611,809 units at $45,997,837 on Friday. Derrimon Trading led trading with 31 percent of total volume, after exchanging 2.72 million shares, followed by Jamaican Teas with 18.4 percent for 1.6 million units and Indies Pharma with 7.6 percent of the day’s trade for 664,045 units changing hands.
Trading averaged 243,187 units at $634,543 in contrast to 719,238 at $1,243,185 on Friday. February closed with an average of 365,365 units at $881,118.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows six stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial lost 15 cents to close at $23.15 trading 6,220 shares, Cargo Handlers gained 10 cents to end at $8.71, with 2,016 stocks changing hands, Caribbean Assurance Brokers picked up 5 cents to settle at $1.85 after 13,440 shares cleared the market. Caribbean Flavours shed 21 cents to finish at $1.90, with 77,359 units crossing the market, Caribbean Producers ended 44 cents lower at $2.95 in an exchange of 165,544 stocks. Consolidated Bakeries fell 20 cents to $1.31 in trading 10,100 stock units, Derrimon Trading lost 7 cents to close at $2.51 after a transferring of 2,724,910 units, Elite Diagnostics gained 20 cents to finish at $3, with an exchange of 98,020 shares.  Everything Fresh gained 9 cents to end at a 52 weeks’ high of $1.21, trading 461,735 stock units, Fosrich fell 74 cents to $4.65 in an exchange of 84,486 shares, General Accident declined 44 cents to $5.50 with the swapping of 15,900 units. Honey Bun lost 7 cents to end at $5.12, with 9,230 units crossing the market, Indies Pharma rose 39 cents to $3.40 with the swapping of 664,045 shares, ISP Finance closed 29 cents lower at $25 trading 1,500 units. Lasco Distributors shed 26 cents to $3.61 after an exchange of 17,214 units, Lasco Financial ended 14 cents lower at $2.51, with 314,948 stock units crossing the exchange. Lasco Manufacturing lost 28 cents to $4.33, finishing with 118,342 units changing hands, Medical Disposables added 20 cents to close at $4.50, with an exchange of 4,700 stock units, Paramount Trading rose 18 cents to $1.50, with the swapping of 2,242 units and SSL Venture gained 5 cents to end at 70 cents trading 78,600 shares.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Fesco, JMMB & Sygnus in IC TOP10 stocks

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IC TOP10 stocks are now based on earnings for 2021/22 fiscal years. Of the January listing, Stationery and Office Supplies have moved out of the TOP 10 Junior Market list while Main Market QWI Investment and Carreras fell from the Main market list with increased prices.
Coming into the TOP10 are Fesco, the latest IPO that is expected to come to market shortly, with the prospectus having been released but temporarily withdrawn to correct some errors. JMMB Group and Sygnus Credit Investments are now in the TOP10 Main market listing.
 Since the start of the year, the Junior Market is up 10.5 percent, with 11 companies’ stock rising between 20 and 63 percent, including four with gains from 49 percent up. The Main Market, on the other hand, is marginally down for the year by less than one percent, with five stocks recording gains between 21 percent and 47 percent and Ciboney rising 500 percent for the year to date.
The Junior Market and the Main Market moves are supported by technical indicators, pointing to robust gains ahead and back up by some companies reporting positive profit results.
This week’s focus: Grace Kennedy had outstanding results for 2020 with much more to come in 2021; expect the price to move sharply over the next few weeks. Caribbean Cement reported a 70 percent rise in profit for 2020 and is projected to earn $6.70 for 2021, the stock is an ideal candidate to move higher in the weeks ahead.
The top three stocks in the Junior Market can gain between 329 to 339 percent are Main Event followed by Elite Diagnostic and Jetcon. With expected gains of 202 to 459 percent, the top three Main Market stocks are Radio Jamaica, followed by Berger Paints and VM Investments.  
The local stock market’s targeted average PE ratio is 20 based on profits of companies reporting full year’s results, up to the second quarter of 2021. The Junior and Main markets are currently trading well below the market average, a clear indication of strong gains ahead. The JSE Main Market ended the week, with an overall PE of 14.7 and the Junior Market 9.8 based on ICInsider.com’s projected 2021-22 earnings. The PE ratio for the Junior Market Top 10 stocks average a mere 5.2 at just 53 percent of the market average. The Main Market TOP 10 stocks trade at a PE of 7.1 or 48 percent of the PE of that market.
The average projected gain for the Junior Market IC TOP 10 stocks is 289 percent and 204 percent for the JSE Main Market, based on 2021-22 earnings. IC TOP10 stocks are likely to deliver the best returns up to March 2021 and ranked in order of potential gains, based on likely gain for each company, taking into account the earnings and PE ratios for the current fiscal year. Expected values will change as stock prices fluctuate and result in movements in and out of the lists weekly. Revisions to earnings per share are ongoing, based on receipt of new information.

Persons who compiled this report may have an interest in securities commented on in this report.

Junior Market stocks gain 10.5%

The volume of stocks trading on Friday surged 785 percent and the value climbed 45 percent higher than on Thursday, but the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market, just squeezed out a modest rise at the close on Friday, as the market closed out February five percent higher than January and 10.5 percent higher than December last year. 
Trading ended with 37 securities changing hands compared to 41 on Thursday, with 17 stocks rising, 11 declining and nine ending unchanged. The market closed with Everything Fresh, Fosrich and  iCreate, ending at 52 weeks’ highs.
At the close, the Market Index inched 0.87 points higher to 2,920.35, the highest point since February 27 last year. The average PE Ratio ends at 15.7 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Investors exchanged 26,611,809 shares for $45,997,837, up sharply from 3,006,108 units at $8,350,224 on Thursday. GWest Corporation led trading with 51 percent of total volume, after an exchange of 13.57 million shares followed by Indies Pharma with 22.3 percent for 5.92 million units, Derrimon Trading followed with 5.7 percent and 1.5 million units and Jamaican Teas 5.2 percent, with 1.40 million units changing hands.
Trading averaged 719,238 units at $1,243,185, a surge from 73,320 at $203,664 on Thursday. Month to date trading averaged 365,365 units at $881,118, compared to 345,881 units at $861,183 on Thursday. January closed with an average of 232,651 units at $569,885.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows four stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial advanced $2.30 to $23.30, with an exchange of 31,291 shares, Caribbean Assurance Brokers lost 5 cents to end at $1.80 after transferring 80,472 stock units. Caribbean Cream gained 10 cents to $4.80 trading 2,080 units, Caribbean Flavours finished 11 cents higher at $2.11, with 68,480 shares crossing the market, Caribbean Producers shed 15 cents to $3.39 in an exchange of 139,589 stocks. Everything Fresh gained 12 cents to end at a 52 weeks’ high of $1.12 in trading 253,217 stock units. Fontana picked up 10 cents in ending at $6, with 98,494 shares changing hands, Fosrich rose 99 cents to close at a 52 weeks’ high of $5.39 in an exchange of 63,738 shares, General Accident rose 44 cents to $5.94 with the swapping of 62,170 units. GWest Corporation gained 8 cents in closing at 80 cents after an exchange of 13,568,963 stock units, Honey Bun increased 9 cents to $5.19, with 24,823 units crossing the market, iCreate gained 5 cents in closing at a 52 weeks’ high of 92 cents, with 562,008 stocks clearing the market. Indies Pharma shed 14 cents to $3.01 with the swapping of 5,922,061 shares, Jamaican Teas lost 7 cents at $3.08 after trading 1,396,887 units, Jetcon Corporation slipped 10 cents to 70 cents in exchanging 52,651 shares. Knutsford Express rose 30 cents to $6.80, with the swapping of 721 units, Lasco Distributors gained 17 cents in closing at $3.87 after transferring 11,980 units, Lasco Financial ended 19 cents higher at $2.65, with 43,965 stock units crossing the exchange. Lasco Manufacturing lost 9 cents in closing at $4.61, with 26,997 units changing hands, Limners and Bards rose 25 cents to $2.75, after trading 167,072 stock units, Mailpac Group lost 6 cents in closing at $3.56 with an exchange of 694,920 shares. Medical Disposables gained 10 cents to close at $4.30 after transferring 183,901 units, Paramount Trading lost 17 cents to end at $1.32 with the swapping of 5,800 units, SSL Venture rose 10 cents to 65 cents trading 916,152 shares and Stationery and Office Supplies shed 30 cents in closing at $4, with 57,150 stock units crossing the exchange.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market at one year high

Stocks inched to a new one year high of 2,919.48, after adding just 1.25 points as the volume and value of the day’s trade on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Thursday were slashed by 56 and 53 percent, respectively, compared to Wednesday.

Trading ended with 41 securities against 39 on Wednesday, with 13 rising, 16 declining and 12 ending unchanged.
The average PE Ratio ends at 15.3 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Investors traded 3,006,108 shares at $8,350,224 against 6,761,477 units at $17,884,137 Wednesday.
Indies Pharma led trading with 12.4 percent of total volume after trading 371,289 shares, followed by Jamaican Teas with 10.8 percent after an exchange of 324,094 units and iCreate with 10.2 percent for 305,595 units.
Trading averaged 73,320 units at $203,664, down from 173,371 at $458,568 on Wednesday. Trading month to date averaged 345,881 units at $861,183, versus 363,591 units at $903,906 on Wednesday. January closed with an average of 232,651 units at $569,885.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows two stocks ended with bids higher than the last selling price and five with lower offers.
At the close of trading, CAC 2000 dropped $1.40 to $9.50 in trading 1,572 shares, Cargo Handlers fell 11 cents to $8.60 with just one unit exchanged, Dolphin Cove shed $1.30 to $8 with 3,000 stocks changing hands. Elite Diagnostic rose 5 cents to $2.80 trading 201 stock units, Everything Fresh rose 9 cents to $1 with a transfer of 15,218 units, Express Catering advanced 12 cents to $3.62 with 13,143 shares crossing the exchange. Fontana dropped 17 cents to $5.90 with 140,429 stocks changing hands, Fosrich rose 10 cents to $4.40 trading 108,981 stock units, Honey Bun lost 8 cents to finish at $5.10 with 69,158 shares traded. iCreate added 6 cents to end at a 52 weeks’ high of 87 cents with a transfer of 305,595 stocks, Indies Pharma fell 10 cents to $3.15 with investors switching 371,289 units, Iron Rock Insurance declined 10 cents to $3.60 exchanging 1,468 stock units. Jamaican Teas dropped 15 cents to $3.15 with 324,094 shares changing hands, Jetcon Corporation rose 5 cents to 80 cents trading 100,995 stock units, Knutsford Express climbed 32 cents to $6.50 with a transfer of 8,514 stocks. Lasco Distributors fell 17 cents to $3.70 with 29,008 stock units changing hands, Lasco Financial lost 14 cents to end at $2.46 with an exchange of 135,551 shares, Lasco Manufacturing jumped 44 cents to $4.70 trading 11,336 units. Lumber Depot climbed 8 cents to $2.55 with 193,170 stock units traded, Main Event shed 25 cents to close at $3.05 with a transfer of 2,111 stocks, Paramount Trading gained 17 cents to finish at $1.49 with 35,500 units passing through the market. Stationery and Office Supplies dropped 23 cents to $4.30 with 15,000 stocks changing hands and tTech shed 55 cents to end at $4.35 with 2,095 shares crossing the exchange.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market at one year high

Trading picked dropped sharply on Wednesday, leading to a 50 percent fall in the volume of stocks passing through the exchange worth 58 percent less than Tuesday’s trades on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, but the market continued its advance to the highest level since it closed at 2,922.18 on February 27, last year.
The Junior Market Index rose 10.75 points to close at 2,918.23 to be up 10.4 percent for the year to date. Early in the morning session, the index hit a 2,949.48 points level that is higher than the close on February 21, last year.
Trading ended with 39 securities down from 41 on Tuesday, with 18 rising, 13 declining and eight remaining unchanged.
The average PE Ratio ends at 15.8 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Investors traded 6,761,477 shares for $17,884,137 compared to 13,487,893 units at $42,784,456 on Tuesday.
Derrimon Trading led the market with 16.8 percent of total volume with 1.14 million shares, followed by Tropical Battery with 13.1 percent or 886,995 units and Caribbean Flavours with 11 percent and 741,946 stock units.
Trading averaged 173,371 units at $458,568 in contrast to 328,973 at $1,043,523 on Tuesday. Trading month to date averages 363,591 units at $903,906, down from 376,123 units at $933,244 on Tuesday. January closed with an average of 232,651 units at $569,885.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows three stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial shed $2.50 to end at $21 with an exchange of 4,599 stock units, AMG Packaging rose 17 cents to $1.80 with 11,341 stocks changing hands, Caribbean Cream rose 5 cents to $4.70 with 4,485 shares passing through the market. Caribbean Flavours rose 5 cents to $2, trading 741,946 units, Caribbean Producers dropped 47 cents to $3.53 with a transfer of 232,034 stocks, Express Catering fell 12 cents to $3.50 with investors switching ownership of 47,207 stock units. Fontana gained 7 cents to close at $6.07 with an exchange of 310,702 units, Fosrich rose 10 cents to $4.30 with 60,214 shares changing hands, General Accident slipped 5 cents to $5.50 with 31,100 shares passing through the market. iCreate advanced 16 cents to 81 cents with 691,952 shares traded, Indies Pharma dropped 15 cents to $3.25 with a transfer of 538,426 stocks, Iron Rock Insurance declined 5 cents to $3.70 with an exchange of 624 units. ISP Finance jumped $3.30 to $25.30 with 59 shares changing hands, KLE Group gained 7 cents to close at $1.40 with 3,345 shares passing through the market, Knutsford Express shed 62 cents to $6.18 trading 3,500 stocks. Lasco Distributors climbed 22 cents to $3.87 with a transfer of 136,000 shares, Lasco Financial rose 10 cents to $2.60 with an exchange of 19,750 units, Lasco Manufacturing fell 12 cents to $4.26 with 282,351 units changing hands. Mailpac Group gained 13 cents to finish at $3.62 with 480,450 stock units passing through the market, Main Event fell 27 cents to $3.30, trading 9 shares, Stationery and Office Supplies increased by 18 cents to settle at $4.53 with a transfer of 300 stock units and tTech advanced 20 cents to close at $4.90 with 4,201 shares crossing the exchange.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Caribbean Producers surprise gains

In another surprising move, Caribbean Producers traded 8,622,338 shares after jumping 80 cents to close at $4, on Tuesday the highest closing price since March last year and helping to send the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange market index to the highest levels since the end of February last year when it closed then at 2,911.92 points.

Caribbean Producers traded 8.6 million shares on Tuesday.

Trading ended with 41 securities changing hands, up from 40 on Monday and closed with the prices of 18 stocks rising, 13 declining and 10 remaining unchanged.
The Junior Market Index climbed 35.59 points to close at 2,907.48, up 10 percent for the year to date. The average PE Ratio ended at 15.6 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Trading levels rebounded with a 123 percent rise in the volume over Monday with 13,487,893 shares for and values 140 percent higher than on Monday jump in the value to $42,784,456, up from 6,033,662 units at $17,830,831 on Monday. Caribbean Producers led trading with 63.9 percent of total volume, after 8.62 million shares changed hands, followed by Derrimon Trading 8.7 percent with 1.17 million units and Mailpac Group with 4.9 percent for 665,514 units.
Trading averaged 328,973 units at $1,043,523 well upon 150,842 at $445,771 on Monday. The month to date averaged 376,123 units at $933,244, close to the 379,631 units at $925,038 on Monday. Trading in January averaged 232,651 units at $569,885.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows three stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and nine with lower offers.
At the close of the market, Access Financial advanced $2.50 to $23.50, in an exchange of 4,000 shares, Cargo Handlers rose $1.71 to $8.71, with 100 units crossing the market. Caribbean Flavours fell 5 cents to $1.95, with the swapping of 85,400 stocks. Caribbean Producers rose 80 cents to close at $4, with 8,622,338 shares crossing the exchange, Dolphin Cove closed $1.60 higher at $9.30 trading 34,875 stock units, Everything Fresh gained 16 cents to 89 cents, with an exchange of 182,707 units. Express Catering rose 32 cents to $3.62 in exchanging 19,618 shares, Fontana lost 14 cents to close at $6 in switching ownership of 176,450 units, Fosrich lost 10 cents to close at $4.20 trading 41,467 stocks, iCreate rose 6 cents in closing at 65 cents and exchanging 630,357 stock units. Indies Pharma gained 18 cents to settle at $3.40, with 52,244 shares crossing the market, Iron Rock Insurance advanced 23 cents to $3.75, with a transfer of 22,000 units, Jamaican Teas fell 13 cents to $3.33, exchanging 321,133 stock units. Jetcon Corporation gained 13 cents to 79 cents, with 145,898 shares changing hands, KLE Group picked up 17 cents at $1.33 after a transfer of 749 stock units, Lasco Distributors gained 5 cents to end at $3.65, in swapping 28,720 stocks. Lasco Financial lost 20 cents to close at $2.50, trading 135,748 units, Lasco Manufacturing shed 35 cents to end at $4.38, with an exchange of 33,412 shares, Mailpac Group lost 15 cents to close at $3.49, in trading 665,514 units. Main Event shed 42 cents to end at $3.03 after crossing the market with 14,500 shares and Stationery and Office Supplies ended 18 cents lower at $4.35 in the transfer of 25,000 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Caribbean Producers shock move

Caribbean Producers jumped sharply in trading on Monday in a surprise move, with the price hitting $3.20, a level not seen since mid-April last year as activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Market remained at a high level with all but four stocks trading, with 29 percent fewer shares at 30 percent less value than on Friday.

Caribbean Producers in a surprise move on Monday.

Trading ended with 40 securities changing hands, up from 35 on Friday with 12 rising, 15 declining and 13 remaining unchanged.
At the close, the Junior Market Index lost 27.24 points to settle at 2,871.89. The average PE Ratio ends at 15.3 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Traders exchanged 6,033,662 shares for $17,830,831 down from 8,506,807 units at $25,313,437 on Friday. Derrimon Trading led with 19.3 percent of the volume, after an exchange of 1.17 million shares, followed by Mailpac Group with 15.5 percent of the day’s trade for 932,663 stocks and Lumber Depot with 14.7 percent for 884,021 units.
Trading averaged 150,842 units at $445,771 in contrast to 243,052 at $723,241 on Friday. Trading month to date averaged 379,631 units at $925,038, down from 397,540 units at $962,554 on Friday. Trading in January averaged 232,651 units at $569,885 trading.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows five stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close of trading, AMG Packaging fell 17 cents to $1.63, with an exchange of 44,000 shares, CAC 2000 climbed $1.40 to $10.90 trading 500 units, Caribbean Assurance Brokers rose 9 cents to $1.85, in a transfer of 1,419 stock units. Caribbean Producers rose 53 cents to end at $3.20, with 752,023 shares crossing the market, Consolidated Bakeries picked up 5 cents in closing at $1.50, with 850 stocks changing hands, Dolphin Cove shed 30 cents to $7.70, with 1,162 stock units clearing the market. Everything Fresh lost 7 cents to end at 73 cents, with an exchange of 123,189 stocks, Express Catering dropped 35 cents to $3.30, with 1,100 units clearing the market, General Accident rose 21 cents to $5.51 trading 9,290 stock units, Jamaican Teas gained 9 cents to finish at $3.46 after a transfer of 585,809 shares. Jetcon Corporation lost 11 cents to end at 66 cents in trading 18,899 units, Lasco Distributors slipped 8 cents to $3.60, with 36,305 stock units changing hands, Mailpac Group lost 11 cents to close at $3.64 with 932,663 shares clearing the market, Main Event rose 41 cents to $3.45 in switching ownership of 3,133 units. Medical Disposables shed 25 cents in ending at $4.20, with 103,359 stock units crossing the market, Paramount Trading dipped 21 cents to $1.29 trading 8,970 stocks and tTech advanced 59 cents to $4.70, trading 3,369 shares.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Stocks bounce to gain 10% for 2021

Stocks bounced back on Friday from the previous day’s loss, with more Junior Market stocks rising than falling after an exchange of 63 percent more shares than on Thursday with 58 percent higher value and the market being up 10 percent for the year.
Trading ended with 35 securities changing hands, down from 37 on Thursday, with prices of 14 stocks rising, 10 declining and 11 remaining unchanged. The Junior Market Index advanced 21.44 points to 2,899.13. The average PE Ratio ends at 15.3 based on ICInsider.com’s forecast of 2020-21 earnings.
Traders exchanged 8,506,807 shares for $25,313,437 compared to 5,225,893 units at $16,022,590 on Thursday. Indies Pharma led trading with 40.6 percent of total volume, after exchanging 3.45 million shares, followed by Lumber Depot with 13.6 percent for 1.15 million units and Jamaican Teas with 8.4 percent of the day’s trade for 715,546 units.
Trading averaged 243,052 units at $723,241 up from 141,240 at $433,043 on Thursday. Trading month to date averaged 397,540 units at $962,554, down slightly from 408,900 units at $980,150 on Thursday. Trading in January averaged 232,651 units at $569,885.

Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator reading shows one stock ending with the bid higher than the last selling price and three with lower offers.
At the close of trading, Blue Power gained 24 cents in closing at $3.10, with 14,856 shares changing hands, Cargo Handlers finished 30 cents higher at $7.01 trading 2,000 shares, Elite Diagnostic lost 23 cents to end at $2.76, exchanging 16,231 units. General Accident picked up 15 cents to $5.30, with a transfer of 211,709 stocks, Indies Pharma gained 6 cents to end at a 52 weeks’ high of $3.20, in crossing the exchange with 3,450,757 units, Jamaican Teas fell 13 cents to $3.37, in exchanging 715,546 stock units. Lasco Distributors gained 8 cents to end at $3.68, with 4,400 shares changing hands, Lasco Financial lost 8 cents to end at $2.70 after clearing the market with 219,250 stocks. Lasco Manufacturing rose 15 cents to $4.75, with 11,720 stock units crossing the market, Limners and Bards fell 14 cents to $2.50 in exchanging 151,567 stocks, Lumber Depot slipped 14 cents to $2.50, trading 1,153,959 stock units. Mailpac Group lost 4 cents to close at $3.75 while exchanging 502,880 shares, Paramount Trading gained 21 cents to close at $1.50 with 51,390 units crossing the exchange and Stationery and Office Supplies rose 31 cents to $4.53 after exchanging 259 units.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.